Interviewee: Kelly R. Poovey
Interviewer: Erin Hartley
Date: November 17, 2010
Kelly R. Poovey was born in 1967, in Fort Dix, New Jersey, but he has lived in North Carolina for most of his life. He worked in textiles for much of his career, got a degree in information systems in 2003, and started his education in nursing in 2005. He has been working in a hospital since 2007 and had just been accepted into anesthesia school at the time of the interview.
This is interesting, because Pooveyâs childhood experience in healthcare centered on a traumatic experience with anesthesia. In the interview, he describes his education and talks about the other male nurses he has known at various stages of his training and work. He discusses gender dynamics among nursing students and among nurses and doctors. Poovey talks about the effect of the military on the growing number of male nurses and the role of nurturing in nursing. He also gives his thoughts on the future of nursing.